Moonrise at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The image of the rising Moon was taken at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was very cold, crisp night about an hour after sunset. The temperature that night at 5500+ feet elevation was about 18 degrees with about 25 mph winds. I steadied the tripod with bags of sand for the long exposure. I had wanted to photograph this image for several years and never had all the elements come together as they did that night. The streaking lights are from Four (4) different cars. The white streaks and the painting of the road were from Two (2) cars coming at the camera. The red streaks are from Two (2) cars going away from the camera. The long exposure is about Fifty (50) seconds long. I was really worried that the approaching cars headlights would burn into the image, so I positioned the camera about 15 feet on a bank above the road eliminating the headlights directly hitting the camera. I used Canon’s wonderful 14mm lens that has no distortion and used a large aperture to limit the amount of depth of field to blur out the moon. The cloudless sky with all the stars was an added bonus.

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